JULY 2008

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01. SHRINKING DOLLAR The national debt and how it out of control.
01 NAH THAT WON’T WORK The economic stimulus check and how to spend it.
01 THE KEY Prose
01 STOOPID IS AS STOOPID DOES Forrest Gump, illegals, pres. hopefuls.
02 JUST THE FACTS Worlds largest burrito, crack heads, no sex with a Buffalo in Okla.
03 HANGIN WITH HUBBA Old Friends, highschool reunion, things change, nostalga
03 JUST BE AMERICAN Assimilate into the culture, drop all the PC Crap, blending in.
04 AMERICA WE SPEAK ENGLISH 4th of July piece on speaking English in this country.
04 HAPPY DREAMS Drilling a volcano in Alaska, govt surveys, Hispanic lic. tags in Fla.
05 MONEY IN THE BANK Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches, Bon Jovi, oil from coal.
05 MEDIA FATIGUE Rally, Recovery, Reality … How the media gets it wrong.
07 SWEET CRAZY LITTLE DREAM Pleasant dreams, writing, reaching out to folks.
07 YOU CAN’T TOUCH THIS 6 yr old is issued a credit card, be your own lawyer.
08 GOOD NEWS – BAD NEW A new paper, dedicated to bad news, future headlines satire.
08 OUT OF POCKET Mexicans on the move, going home, shrinking U.S.Dollar.
09 CRÈME DE CRUDE Arizona, Denver, California pot smokers initiative.
09 ASK A KID II The Bible thru a childs eyes.
10 LO JACKIN FIDO Track your dog, check your drivers lic. on line.
10 DOWN AT SEA – BAD GAS Missing Catholic Lawn Chair Priest found in Ocean off Brazil.
11 SIN TAXED Sticking it to smokers in New York State, how to lose weight forever.
11 WEEKEND SMOKERS Medical dope in Wash. State, airport screeners getting canned
12 CYBER ROMMANCE Robots for companions, cyber sex in forty years.
13 JAWSSomething is eating my posts and WordPress.com won’t do anything about it.
14 REAL WORLD 101 Teenagers & Money, no quality education in this country anymore.
14 BARACKS HOUSE Parody on 2008 election
15 MAPO TOFU New menu items for the Olympics in China
16 MUMBO JUMBO Dance around a problem and not fix it.  WP-Verbal masturbation.
16 GETTING AWAY The beach, getting out of town, wishful thinking.
16 SET THIS CIRCUS DOWN Shooting yourself in the groin in Calif, some other good news.
17 ASK A KID III Why Dad’s like beer and other related items from a childs perspective.
17 WORDPLAY Don’t be a dick in Florida, Bush off the radar again, The Pope in Australia.
18 GOING WITH THE FLOW Dell shuts down, road rage, learning how to mellow out dude.
18 BOTNET BANDITS Cyber crooks & home computers, AOL Instant Messenger, bad news.
19 NOTABLE WHATEVER Fast blogs, fed highway fund, No Whale Hunting In Oklahoma.
19 MISSING LIL BROTHER Tribute to JT, missing him, nostalga, dealing with the loss.
19 S.H.I.T. (SHIP HIGH IN TRANSPORT)  Iraq oil contracts, shipping Manure.
21 BARACKAFIED Things older than John McCain, Barackisms, the new deal.
21 KEEP ON CHOPPIN Bloggin, touching another persons life, reach out to people.
21. COME FLY WITH ME Purchase of foreign made helicopters by the U.S. Government.
22. WILL IT EVER END Comment on High Priced Diesel Fuel
23. CONVICT LAKE Nice post on Convict Lake in the Eastern Sierras of California.
23 BLOWIN IN THE WIND T.Boone Pickens, wind power, natural gas, energy crisis.
23. COME FLY WITH ME Washington Helicopter boon-doggle, $11.6 billion for what?
24 A MATTER OF TIME 301st post of the year, current events, what is going on.
25. AN IMPERFECT WORLD WordPress.com and the crummy job they are doing.
25. NEW HEADLINES Getting back in the groove, screw WP.com, no more complaining.
26. WEIGHT OF A SOUL Lighthearted take off on current events, Radio Girl Canada
26. BIKINIS (Why Men Are Pigs) Why men are stimulated by women who wear them.
27. CRITICS CORNER Cocaine for $118.70 a gram, life in America,
28. ADD TO THE MIX Obammer, War in Iraq, and the high cost of it,
28. GET WIRED – WINNERS Solar power, computers, becoming a winner again.
29. ITS GETTING UGLY Power outages in Colorado, thieves in Arkansas, Taliban recall.
29. DIG IT UP There’s gold in them old land-fills, go for it.
30. HEATIN UP Global warming, Al Gore, T.Boone Pickens, ecology.
30. FLYIN HIGH Waste in the U.S. Air Force, high flying Generals.
31. CHECK IS IN THE MAIL Transgendered, credit cards, girls & boys=Math
21. PACKIN’ IT IN Shutting down a blog, burnout, how to relax and let it go.

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[07-31-08]

My Confession … Ben Stein

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don’t feel threatened. I don’t feel discriminated against. That’s what they are: Christmas trees.

It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, “Merry Christmas” to me. I don’t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn’t bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a cre che, it’s just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica and we aren’t allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her “How could God let something like this happen?” (regarding Katrina) ? Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response.

She said, “I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?”

In light of recent events…terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.
Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide).. We said an expert should know what he’s talking about. And we said OK.

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with “WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.”

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. ? Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says . Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard it… no one will know you did.. But, if you discard this thought process, don’t sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.

My Best Regards.
Honestly and respectfully,

Ben Stein


The Key

The key to my survival

Was never in much doubt

The question was how I could keep sane

Trying to find a way out

Things never seem easy for me

Peace of mind here lately, hard to find

I need a place where I can hide

Somewhere new I can call mine

They say time is a healer

And now my wounds are not the same

I ring the bell with my heart in my mouth

To hear what he has to say

In a moment, your entire world can shatter

Like morning dreams and mist on the lawn they disappear

Like dust in my hands falling softly to the floor

How can life ever be the same

Or stay the same ever more

Like I said

Things never seem easy for me

Peace of mind here lately,

Awfully hard to find

I need a place where I can hide

Somewhere new I can call mine.

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ONE MORE MOUNTAIN TO CROSS

WordPress.Com Black Hole

Lately I have noticed a lot of my posts either disappearing or just flat out not making the trip (going unpublished) so I started paying more attention to it, documenting as I went along, and I have discovered some interesting things about WordPress.Com … It is a Mickey Mouse System and they don’t seem to care one way or the other.

Part of the problem is the scheduling of posts, I write a great deal, and I was assuming incorrectly that I could write it, then store it here, and schedule it for posting later.  I mean “they have the feature here, they say you can do it.” … so I just figured it was possible.

Silly me.

Scheduling posts does not work, they have been having problems with it dating all the way back to 2006 and of course, they just refer any and all replies to “FAQ”.  Which is the short route to “support/comment oblivion” and you will never come out it alive or in good working order.  The tag surfer was problematic also, but if you switch the browser to FireFox it goes away, certainly nothing that WordPress had to do with.  I was over two months figuring that one out before I spotted an online tip about it.

For the most part, the scheduling posts problem seems to have been here for a little over two years.  The problem is unresolved, sloppy service and/or NO service would be unacceptable just about anywhere else.  Apparently here, it is no big deal.  Here it seems to be the status quo.  Maybe in 2012?

If you try and schedule any of your posts for publishing in the near future, you are for the most part “tilting at windmills.”  You also run the risk of exposing any and all future material at the same time, by trying to compose them here and store them online, which isn’t advised (see link below).  This is why some of you are seeing repeat articles here this week, which will stop.  Now that I am on top of the problem, I can work around this.

Having learned this information “the hard way” I have reverted to writing, composing and storing in a safe environment, my hard drive, and I will bring it over to this miserable excuse for a communication medium when I need to.

This will alleviate my problem, and fix yours, it should be okay.

If you want the nuts and bolts of it all, click on the link.  Here you will find documented one week of WordPress.com and their sorry record.  You make the call, it is pitiful at best. In my opinion it is a small wonder anyone ever gets to read anything you write, about half of the time it isn’t posted and when it is, it is in the wrong place.

Check it out  THE MICKEY MOUSE WORDPRESS.COM COMMUNITY or you can return to the base article.

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THE MICKEY MOUSE WORDPRESS.COM COMMUNITY

Day #1 WEDNESDAY 7-16-08  WORDPRESS MUMBO JUMBO Posted at 4:00 AM.  Categories were recent, Oklahoma, random, life, blogging.  9;30 AM and the post disappears from the life category completely, in recent it is buried some 13 down on the page.

It remains in all the other categories.  Another typical half-assed day on WordPress,com.

Day #2 THURSDAY 7-17-08  SET THIS CIRCUS DOWN.  5:00 PM post.  In all categories, Recent it is posted under “3 weeks ago” which is wrong, but at least it is there.  It can be found in the “Life” category, but it is out of place.

THURSDAY 7-17-08  GETTIN’ AWAY. (checking to see if the post is still online, which it is)

5:00 PM post.  12 hrs later and it is where it is supposed to be except for “LIFE” it has completely disappeared from this category altogether and cannot be found.

THURSDAY 7-17 ASK A KID III Posted in recent, life, Oklahoma, bloggin and random – ok.

THURSDAY 7-17      WORDPLAY (5PM Posted out of order)  Scheduled to post at 5PM but is posted in Oklahoma and Recent at “9:00 AM” at the wrong time.  It posts in Okla, recent, bloggin, random and it disappears out of life category completely. 

In 12 hrs it would have been 646 deep in this category which is way too popular and no one or hardly anyone would have read the piece to begin with.  No one is going to sit down and read 24 pages of this, no matter how good it appears to be.

Day #3 Friday Morn  7-18-08  Going With The Flow is posted 4 AM. It goes to all categories assigned to it.  Then later on it is “buried again” in recent category.  Thank You WordPress.com.

Drafted a piece, Botnet Bandits, it was “supposed to be published on 7-23-08” but instead I find it in Recent/Oklahoma some five days early. So the scheduling feature leaves a lot to be desired, doesn’t it?

What a crock.  Will have to start storing them as “unpublished I guess.”  So, I decide, what the ______ ?  I will just go ahead and publish it now, and I check, it is NOT showing up anywhere that I have it tagged.  I hate this.

Day #4 Saturday 07-19-08  Two posts this day, “Notable Whatever and Lil Brother” BOTH of them posted in the WRONG PLACE in the recent categories.

Good Job WordPress.com take two attaboys outta petty cash for another lousy job.

Day #5 Monday 7-21-08  Barackafied … I am amazed, completely beside myself, this mornings post goes to exactly where it was tagged to go.  Unbelievable.

Yesterday I fought this ##@#%**!! For an hour and one-half trying to post a picture, and then someone FINALLY posted a message that some server was down and they were having problems.  They couldn’t post the message some hour and one-half before?

Day #6 7-22-08 Three posts today, this is #1.  Much like the window washer that fell off the building, on the way down, he would say, so far so good, so far so good. STILL CHOPPIN …. Posted in all tags & categories. WILL IT EVER END Posted okay in all categories and Tags

DAY #7 — 7-23-08  CONVICT LAKE … DID NOT POST ANYWHERE, NO CATAGORIES, NO TAGS, NOTHING NOT A @@#@#%$**!! POST ANYWHERE AFTER NINE HOURS.  TOTAL LOSS ON THIS ONE.

Went back in there and “pushed the time on the publish” and it is now posted everywhere it was supposed to be published, some nine hours earlier.  I guess I am going to have to physically check each and every one of these posts to make sure that they post.  What a crock of, well you spread it on your flowers, and it makes them grow better!

How I ever developed any kind of readership is now beyond me completely, this sucker is really doing a sorry job.

BLOWIN IN THE WIND posts where it is supposed to be in all categories and tags. Recent Category buries CONVICT LAKE 13 deep on the page.

COME FLY WITH ME … 5:00PM post does NOT post anywhere, it had 3 categories and 3 tags, and it is NOT to be found anywhere.  This is a total of 6, so much for the under 12 rule.  Another futile attempt to post something and WordPress.com’s sorry ass cannot get it done.

Two successful days out of seven …  Why bother?

If the above performance isn’t Mickey Mouse, I don’t know what is.

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Too Much Stuff

Sellin’ All My Junk on Ebay
(Parody of Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding)

Clickin’ in the mornin’ sun

I’ll be checkin’ when the evenin’ comes

Watchin’ the bids roll in

‘Till the auction finally comes to an end

I’m sellin’ all my junk on Ebay

Watchin’ old tires roll away

I’m movin’ lots of crap on Ebay

It’s listin’ time

Looks like some fool’s gonna pay

For plastic toys McDonalds just gave away

I can’t believe there’s ten bids on Spiderman Underoos

Well I guess they don’t mind the stain

A video of Barnaby Jones

And this broken pair of Sony headphones

There’s two thousand pounds of foam

And a small electric nose hair comb

Sellin’ all my junk on Ebay

If they don’t buy it I’ll throw it away

A useless cuckoo clock on Ebay

It’s sucker time

Thanks to KZOK 102.5 FM Seattle, Washington

Nah, that won’t work

In 2003 U.S. Census Bureau researchers reported that more than 200 people living in Indianapolis, Indiana, traveled to work by subway or ferry. One basic problem: There are no subways or ferries in Indianapolis. Governments always seem to think they are doing a wonderful job, but in reality, the majority of the time, they don’t have a clue.

Just before the collapse of Rome, the Legislators and Senators took it upon themselves to gather up any and all statues, of value, (specifically those made of gold) and melt them down. They then took it and pressed out new coinage for the citizens. This Roman Treasury stipend was distributed it to the citizens of Rome to appease the masses.

It did not work, they still folded. Such is the logic of governments. They do not think like the rest of us.

Sadly, this latest ruse out of Washington DC is just more smoke and mirrors, pandering on an unlimited scale to the masses, just before the elections. They do it all the time, anyone vaguely remember before the last election how gasoline “all of a sudden got a lot cheaper” and our favorite son was re-elected.

This stimulus check is just another shining example of American Democracy at work, throw enough money at the problem and it will (hopefully) go away.

So where and how do you spend it?

Could buy gasoline with it for the family truckster, but that would be giving all of it to the Arabs … nah that won’t work. How about electronics’, more gizmo’s to make our day. A new TV, cellphone, stereo system, surround sound, video player or DVD thingy’s …. That would be giving it to Korea and Viet Nam … Nah, that won’t work.

Wal-Mart, yeah there is a solid American company. Toys, clothes, office supplies, sports gear, all nature of products. No wait, that would be giving the stimulus to China … Nah, that won’t work.

A car! Yeah a car, a fuel efficient car. Only people that are currently producing these items are Honda and Toyota, nah that won’t work. Precious metals and stones, I will buy the little woman some jewelry with the money. But then the money goes to the economy of India or possibly Pakistan …. Nah that won’t work.

Groceries … Pretty safe bet there. Green beans, fruits, coffee, cotton goods and alcoholic drinks … Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, nah that won’t work.

About the only thing that is left to us, are those products that are made in the Good Old U.S.A. …. Bourbon Whiskey, Marlboro’s, trans fats, and watered down French Fries that basically now taste like cellulose. Oh, and the imports, I forgot about the Crack Cocaine, from South America, Heroin from our friends in Afghanistan, and Methamphetamines from Mexico

Nah, that won’t work, I only have so much money.

Women I have noticed here of late, have a sixth sense when it comes to things like this. They are like those wolves up in the frozen north, that can sense the fear in an injured animal or something like that. When it comes to money, my wife is tuned in and right on track. Ka-Ching! Her eyes lite up like a Pinball Machine and she comes in for the kill.

My bride, evidently feeling or sensing my pain, fully aware of my frustration volunteered yesterday …. “That economic stimulus check that came in the mail the other day?” And I replied, “Yeah, what about it?” She said, “If you are having a problem on deciding on what to do with it, give it to me and I will take it out to the Mall.”

Nah ….. That DEFINITELY will NOT work.

Free Money … And all it did was increase our National Debt $150 billion … What a deal. First thing you know, we are going to be talking about some “Real Money.”

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